Initiatives established to improve retention

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents briefly discussed freshmen retention during a meeting Friday, an issue President Steven Gamble said is an ongoing problem. Gamble passed out a list of initiatives the campus would like to improve to increase ENMU’s freshmen retention rate. The endeavors include: —Employing […]

ENMU De Baca Hall, targeted for re-opening

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer De Baca Hall has long been the first impression of Eastern New Mexico University for people driving west on First Street — that’s not necessarily a good thing, according to ENMU officials. ENMU administrators have included the De Baca renovation in a capital projects list to the New Mexico […]

Portales residents joyful over CAFB news

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales residents expressed relief and joy following Tuesday’s announcement that Cannon Air Force Base will be a new home for U.S. Air Force Special Operations. “I couldn’t be happier,” said an ecstatic Sharon Davis, co-owner of Calton Furniture in Portales. “This is great news for both communities (Clovis and […]

Legislation may not change ‘limbo’ status

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Senate 16 years ago refused to confirm a naval officer’s promotion to captain because of what investigators described as his “peripheral role in the Iran/Contra matter.” The officer had influential supporters and friends. He remains on active duty even today because the Navy keeps his name on its O-6 promotion […]

Oasis manager awaits new heart

By Sharna Johnson In a state park office on a long stretch of road between Clovis and Portales, Jim Whary spends his day in limbo, like he has everyday for the past few months. Currently undergoing evaluation to be placed on a heart transplant list, Whary, 50, has been diagnosed with a slew of heart […]

Feds: Cannon team not official

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Formation of a federal team to assess future missions for Cannon Air Force Base is not official, a Department of Defense spokesman said on Wednesday. Gov. Bill Richardson said Monday a Pentagon-led team will assess possible missions for Cannon and report the findings to the Pentagon in 180 days. But […]

Priorities become simpler with age

Bob Huber: Local Columnist In these troubled times when we’re smothered by hurricanes, terrorists, tattoos, and bad football seasons, it’s time to probe an even greater baffling question, one that has tormented mankind for thousands of years — “What does a woman want in a man?” I have some answers, because I spent 51 years […]

“Keep Cannon” reception held

PNT Staff The City of Portales held a reception Tuesday to show appreciation for efforts in “Operation: Keep Cannon” at the Memorial Building. The Portales committee worked with a Clovis committee on promoting the campaign to remove Cannon Air Force Base from the Base Realignment and Closure list. The Portales committee had not met since […]

BRAC list additions spur cautious optimism for Cannon supporters

By Marlena Hartz Cannon Air Force Base supporters expressed cautious optimism on Tuesday as Base Realignment and Closure commissioners added military installations to the possible closure list. “I am very encouraged, not only that they chose to put about nine additional bases on the list, but that the Commission is independent in their thinking,” said […]

Recusals put legitimacy of BRAC process in doubt

Our nation’s military structure is about to undergo major realignments, some that are probably needed. However, some changes could weaken America’s ability to defend itself in the face of enemy attack. Now, just a few months before that Base Realignment and Closure process is complete, we learn two of the most-important decision makers are said […]

Officials to keep up efforts after hearing

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By David Irvin By all accounts, supporters of Cannon Air Force Base on Friday made a compelling argument to spare the facility from closure. Now what? Keep arguing is the advice of Clovis’ Walter Bradley, who was New Mexico’s lieutenant governor when Kirtland Air Force Base was removed from the Base Realignment and Closure list […]

Senators meet with BRAC official

The Associated Press A member of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission assured New Mexico’s two senators Thursday that data behind the Pentagon’s decision to recommend the closure of Cannon Air Force Base would be closely scrutinized before the base’s fate is decided. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said they received the […]

Area hopeful letters help stop closure

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Kenneth Realty Inc. agent Maureen Burns said she hunched over mounds of letters for three consecutive days last week. She wrote the names of the nine Base Realignment and Closure commissioners in blue ink over countless envelopes, addressing letters written by fellow community members to the Virginia-based Commission that will […]

June 1 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Unsettled weather has been around most of the week, but so far sprinkles to light showers is about all our area has received. However, on over west on the Elida/Dora state road, around the Harding Burris place, they received a lot of damage from hail and some rain. Several of our local […]

It’s still not time to think about a plan B

Freedom Newspapers So here we are, 14 days into the rollercoaster ride of emotions tied to Cannon Air Force Base being targeted by the Defense Department and the Air Force to close. Now we’re exactly four weeks away from arguing our case against that decision before the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. Let’s take stock […]

Full commission requested

By David Irvin New Mexico’s congressional delegates formally requested all nine members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission attend a regional meeting next month in Clovis because the city tops the list of communities that would be hardest hit by a base closure. At this point, only three of the nine commission members are […]

Community has task at hand

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In the face of staggering statistics — 85 percent of bases recommended for closure by the Department of Defense are indeed shuttered — area leaders are holding tightly to the idea that Cannon Air Force Base can beat the odds. Many are unwilling to even discuss a contingency plan. “Frankly,” […]

Delegates talk BRAC in Clovis

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Politics were not involved in the selection of Cannon Air Force Base for the Base Realignment and Closure list, according to members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., all stood strong on this point at a meeting with […]

BRAC commissioners to hold hearing in June

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico residents will have the opportunity to square off face-to-face with Base Realignment and Closure commissioners in June. On June 24, between one and three commissioners are scheduled to visit Clovis for a regional hearing, according to officials at the commission. The meeting is slated for 8:30 a.m., […]

Agreement proposed to align abilities and resources

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor When Orlando Ortega is asked about the upcoming meeting regarding Cannon Air Force Base’s place on the Base Realignments and Closures list, his standard response is, “Which one?” From steering committees to letter-writing committees to finance committees to Washington committees, Portales’ mayor said that numerous meetings have taken place […]